team

AaltoLAND operates within the Landscape Architecture programme of Aalto University. Our international team includes professors, lecturers and researchers and our main specific research interests are connected to the environmental, cultural and sustainable dimension of the landscape.


Juanjo Galán

Associate Professor, chair of Landscape Planning and Sustainability (Department of Architecture, Aalto University), PhD in Landscape Planning (2011). Main Research fields – Landscape Planning, Sustainable Development, Landscape Urbanism, Landscape Design, Ecological planning, Regional and urban metabolism.

Email: juanjo.galan@aalto.fi

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Matleena Muhonen

Matleena Muhonen is a practising landscape architect and university teacher. Matleena has furthered her studies in university pedagogy focusing on teaching multicultural and multidisciplinary groups. She has been teaching at Aalto University since 2007.

Email: matleena.muhonen@aalto.fi

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Xenia Abramovich

Doctoral Candidate. Landscape architect (2016). Main research fields: Peri-urban Landscapes, Green Infrastructure and Ecosystem Services.

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Email: xenia.abramovich@aalto.fi

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     Elina Kalliala

Elina Kalliala is a Doctoral Candidate (Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture) and a landscape expert, project manager, and a leader of the Blue & Green City -team in Ramboll Finland Oy. She has over 10 years’ experience in the field of landscape architecture, architecture and urban planning.

Email: elina.kalliala@ramboll.fi

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Na Xiu

Postdoc researcher, PhD in Landscape Planning (2017). Main research field: landscape planning and design, landscape connectivity, landscape history, and GIS in landscape planning.

Email: na.xiu@aalto.fi

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Bhavna Mishra

Doctoral Candidate. Landscape architect (2017). Main research fields: Green Infrastructure, Ecosystem Services, Stormwater runoff, socio-ecological processes affecting the sustainable landscape.

Email: bhavna.mishra@aalto.fi

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Jordi Martinez Ventura

Doctoral Candidate, M.Sc. in Architecture, graduated in 2013 from the Polytechnic University of Valencia.
Research interests: Architecture and Architectural Education for Sustainable Development.
Email: jordi.martinez-ventura@aalto.fi
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Varpu Mikola

M.Sc. in Landscape Architecture, graduated in 2009 from Helsinki University of Technology (former Aalto University). Academic tutor for bachelor program in Landscape Architecture. Private consultant and partner in NomajiLandscapeArchitects ltd.

Email: varpu.mikola@aalto.fi

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Mari Ariluoma

Doctoral Candidate, Landscape Architect (2012). Main Research fields: Ecosystem Services, Green Infrastructure, Landscape Design, Landscape Planning, Climate adaptation. Research team VirMa (Vihreä infrastruktuuri ja maisema)

Email: mari.ariluoma@aalto.fi

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Elisa Lähde

Doctoral Candidate, Landscape Architect. Main Research fields: Water Sensible Urban Design, Green Infrastructure, Landscape Design, Landscape Planning, Climate adaAdaptation research team VirMa (Vihreä infrastruktuuri ja maisema)

Email: elisa.lahde@aalto.fi

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Outi Tahvonen

Doctoral candidate, MSc (Environmental Sciences), BSc (Landscape Design). Main research fields: ecological sustainability in low-density using, vegetation integrated stormwater management, bio-retention specifications in Finnish context.  Lecturer in Hamk University of Applied Sciences. Research team VirMa (Vihreä infrastruktuuri ja maisema).

Email: outi.tahvonen@aalto.fi

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Stephen Venn

Post-Doctoral researcher in the Department of Architecture, PhD in Ecology (2013) and Adjunct Professor in Ecology (University of Helsinki, 2016). Diploma in University Pedagogy (2014). Research fields: Urban Ecology, Services provided by Urban Green Infrastructure, Multidisciplinary studies of GI, Resilience and Sustainability. Teaching: Urban Ecology, Biodiversity, Ecology of Urban Green Infrastructure, Scientific Writing.

Email: stephen.venn@aalto.fi

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Felix Bourgeau

Doctoral Candidate (Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture) since September 2017. Landscape architect/designer at LOCI maisema-arkkitehdit Oy in Helsinki. Main research fields: Vernacular landscapes, landscape characterization, landscape identity, visual character of landscapes.

Email: felix.bourgeau@aalto.fi